Wood pellet stoves are electronically sophisticated appliances that offer an environmentally friendly and low-cost heating option for your home. All wood pellet stoves require the same kind of fuel – the wood pellet. These pellets are the byproduct of sawmills and are made from recycled sawdust and wood shavings. They are considered eco-friendly because they’re cheap, easy to manufacture, and have a very low pollution rate. They’re also easy to operate; they only require loading pellets and igniting the flame. And depending on what size hopper your stove has, it may need to be loaded only once a day. Because the fire is contained in a heat box inside the unit, there is a minimum of smoke, which lessens the smell in your home and prevents the outside of the unit from heating up. Pellets create considerably less ash than firewood giving off less creosote, a flammable byproduct of combustion that can build up and cause chimney fires. Wood pellets are made from recycled materials and are heavily compressed, which reduces the moisture content. Dry fuel creates more heat, causing the pellets to burn hotter and cleaner than their wood counterparts. Wood pellet stoves also emit fewer pollutants than traditional fireplaces. They’re considered to be carbon neutral by many environmentalists, due to the fact that the pellets are made from trees that lived on carbon, so the two cancel each other out.
It all depends on what the question means?
If you compare wood chip with locally sourced wood… then probably not!
In the past when wood chip was the bye product of the house building industry and it had previously been waste, then that was a part step.
However, with the collapse of new building the bye product is no longer there and trees are being converted to wood chip, this is not good.
Where the wood chip manufacturer is local and you have constructed a road for the access of large vehicles, with industrial sized reception areas, hoppers and a screw drive feed to the boiler and you
are able to buy full loads……then perhaps.
If there is no competition of supply, no local supplier, and small loads have to travel large distances then the local home grown logs win out every time.
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